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EU referendum franchise bizarre

Published 04/06/2015

The proposed franchise for the forthcoming EU referendum is perverse and nonsensical.

Under the Prime Minister's proposals, 1.5 million EU nationals resident in the UK, including 90,000 in Scotland, will be excluded from casting a vote on the future direction of the country in which they live. That is unless they are from Cyprus, Malta, or the Republic of Ireland.

Bizarrely, however, the proposals will allow Commonwealth citizens who live in the UK and are not UK passport-holders to vote.

Such a situation will clearly do little to build social cohesion.

ALEX ORR

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